“ a compromise formula which includes a proposal to take top 20% students based on percentile ranking of respective boards for preparing the merit list”

How meaningless is this solution ?. Higher education in India will become the domain of the school toppers and Children of affluent parents and we wonder why half a million students leave India to study undergraduate courses overseas. Children who will never return to a country that shunned them.

Is this is what we call inclusive in RTE ?.

God Save India

Inclusive education does not mean that everyone must enter, or pass out from, an IIT. It only means that if you wanted to, you could have a shot at it. The child labourer is excluded because she can never dream of entering an IIT; she may absolutely hate IIT, but not trying to join an IIT should be her decision. Even if there is only one IIT train, every child must have access to the platform where the train comes. Of course, not everyone will get on to the train but everyone knows what to do to have a shot at the train. This is called inclusion in education. Everyone must go to school till class 12; those who work hard, and are willing to work harder still, will join an IIT. Others will, by choice, decide not to work that hard and become economists.

Shubhashis Gangopadhyay

All children are born equal and mindless politicians are trying to grade the children and youth of the nation and create a new Brahamanical Caste system in Education, which is pandering to the neo rich who can afford to send their children to elite private schools and Coaching schools.

"HRD Ministry of India wants to build castles of higher education on the bamboo scaffoldings of its schools" ~ Satish Jha

Search This Blog

"Do you support the effort of Government of India to introduce a Common Engineering Entrance Examination scrapping IIT-JEE which would eventually dilute the IIT Brand?"

Saturday, June 2, 2012

161 - IITs, parents criticise Kapil Sibal's new engineering exam formula - The Economic Times

IITs, parents criticise Kapil Sibal's new engineering exam formula

ET Bureau May 31, 2012, 02.40AM IST

NEW DELHI: HRD minister Kapil Sibal's 'one nation, one examination' formula for engineering colleges is not going down well. The minister came under attack from IITs, 'Super 30' coaching institute founder Anand Kumar and even some parents.

Sibal had on Monday announced a 'unanimous' decision of the Councils of IIT, National Institute of Technology and Indian Institute of Information Technology to move to a common entrance examination for all engineering colleges from 2013. As a concession to IITs, which had put up strong resistance, it was agreed that these engineering schools could use a different formulation for selecting students.

 The minister had said the common gateway examination for engineering examination was adopted to reduce pressure of multiple exams on students, restore the importance of school boards and reduce the importance of coaching schools. Many now question the new system's ability to actually address these issues.

'Super 30' founder and math wizard Anand Kumar doesn't think that Sibal's common examination formula will address the deficiencies in the current system. Kumar said, "The process being adopted is more cumbersome and it will only add more pressure on students."

Parents too are concerned, echoing much the sentiment. Sanjiv Malhotra, the father of a prospective engineering student, says, "the new examination is complicated, as it adds another hurdle in a three-stage race. It will definitely create more stress levels on students instead of reducing it." Malhotra felt that it was "totally illogical" to make it mandatory for every applicant to appear for the advanced examination, given that it was primarily meant for admission to IITs.

The IIT faculty argues that this move to make the advanced examination mandatory for all is part of a larger design to limit IIT's autonomy. AK Mittal, secretary of the All India IIT Faculty Federation, said, "The minister said that the IIT system will have complete control over the advanced examination. Now, if it has a limited number of students, as it is now, the IIT system can manage. But how can it handle some 15 lakh students?"

Kumar is of the view that this system will end up giving coaching schools a bigger role. "Students will now be under more pressure trying to deal with the challenges on three fronts - preparing for plus two, the main paper of the new joint entrance and the advanced examination. The coaching schools will make more money." IITs too argue that this system will not stem the coaching tide.

The coaching industry doesn't appear to be worried. Meanwhile, Ajay Antony, vice-president at TIME institute, an IIT-JEE coaching centre, described the new system as fair. Antony said that the new pattern will not make much difference and it is like old wine in a new bottle. "All the difference is that they will now include board exam marks. Other than that, it is the same entrance exam if you see it closely." According to him, coaching industry following the Kota model could be affected as students in those set ups tend to neglect regular school work.

Kumar argued if the government was keen to reduce the importance of coaching, then it should ensure better secondary education, so that people had faith in the school system. "Students are running for coaching institutes not because they have extra money to spend. It is because they look for whatever quality they can get from the institutes, which is not available in schools." The man, credited with helping over 300 students from marginalised classes to get admission to IITs, is all in favour of reforming the entrance procedure to make it more inclusive.